Hi, God’s word for me today is in Proverbs 19:21 which says,” Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (NIV)
So this verse reminded me of how Peter and the other disciples though that Jesus was going to take over Jerusalem and defeat the Romans and things like that, but God’s purpose was not for Jesus for that to happen but for Jesus to die for our sins, its funny because Jesus kept telling the disciples that He was going to die, but for some reason they didn’t understand that He was going to until after He died, anyway God’s purpose, of course, prevailed and Jesus did die for our sins, and if the disciples knew why He had to die, I’m sure they would have wanted it to, and they understood the reason He died after He died and rose again, thank you so much Jesus for dying for our sins.
So Jesus died on the cross and God’s purpose prevailed, even though it seemed hopeless once Jesus died and it seemed like the devil had won, in three days Jesus rose from the grave and He appeared to thousands of people, so it was not just a “group hallucination”, Jesus really did rise from the dead.
So sometimes God’s plans seem like they are not going to work out, ” And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” (ESV Acts 9:11-16)
So Ananias didn’t think that God’s plan was going to work out, but in the end it did, of course, because God’s purpose in things may not seem good at the time, but in the end they always are for a good purpose, and we may find that purpose quickly, or it could take a long time.
Do you trust that God has a purpose for you?